How to Spot Road Rage & Avoid it (Statistics)

Road RageGoing back as little as thirty years in American news history, road rage appeared in news reports less than a handful of times; the term ‘road rage’ wasn’t even created until the late 80s. Road rage is the act of being aggressive or irate while operating a vehicle. By the late 90s, over 4,000 stories of road rage received media coverage yearly. Today, over 13,000 cases of road rage are reported every year, that doesn’t even begin to account for the number of people who decided not to report an incident.

Road Rage in America:

The question is, how has this problem escalated to this point over the last three decades? Could it be more cars being driven – or perhaps it’s because the atmosphere in this country has people more stressed? It’s possible that it’s a combination of more drivers on the road and more ticking time bombs – it’s hard to pinpoint which, but looking at data on the subject, it definitely has a lot to do with human behavior.

According to a study done on national driving habits…..

Ø Half of motorists will respond to aggressive driving and behavior with aggression themselves

Ø A person using a cell phone is more likely to respond to incidents with rage

Ø Men are more likely to engage in road rage behaviors than women

Ø People under 24 are 2xs more likely to be involved in road rage than other age groups

Ø Drivers with children in the car are more likely to react with aggression – which is probably the most shocking and startling habit of them all

How Road Rage is Expressed:

Road rage is usually identified by the actions of the driver acting irrationally on the road. Below are some of the most common ways an extremely aggressive driver takes dangerous action.

· Tailgating
· Breaking Abruptly
· Accelerating Suddenly
· Using Vehicle as a Barrier
· Cutting Off other drivers
· Honking Without Cause
· Chasing Drivers
· Making Obscene Hand and Verbal Gestures
· Getting Out of their Vehicle to Threaten

In more extreme cases, road rage may lead to actions like:

· Causing Other Vehicles to Collide
· Using Own Vehicle to Hit Another Vehicle or Person
· Striking Others with Weapons or Using a Firearm

Avoiding Road Rage

You can’t control someone else’s emotions but you can take steps to avoid provoking unstable drivers on the road – road rage is almost always a two-way path. The actual triggers for road rage incidents are varied; triggers include accidents, not using signals properly, pulling out in front of another vehicle, or even just giving another driver a dirty look.

To avoid a potentially deadly and violent situation, simply do not engage the enraged driver; most incidents involve two people who are angry – the first one who triggered the incident and the second one responded inappropriately.

If you have done something, which may be seen as aggressive or rude behavior by another driver; simply smile and wave and let them go about their day. Even if you don’t feel as though you’ve wronged them, just be passive if you notice someone giving you negative attention on the road, there’s simply too much at stake to let your ego get the better of you. If you can’t shake the person, call the police for help and head towards the police station but do not get out of your car or try to enlist help from other motorists, this is when things can escalate rapidly.

Have you dealt with an enraged driver? How did you handle the situation?
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5 thoughts on “How to Spot Road Rage & Avoid it (Statistics)

  1. Wonderful Article. I really like it. Every new young drivers should know about it.

    I am definitely recommend to read to all my students.

  2. My 16 year old daugher was Just the Victum of a of a driver acting irrationally she could have llost her life.
    This happened in a residential area
    At 7:45 am, I dropped off my younger sister at Middle School, and approximately 7:50 am, I was north bound on H Road 30mpr. In the 15500 block, I came upon a pickup truck also traveling north bound on H Road at a much slower speed. I decided to pass him, even though it is marked a double yellow line. I checked the other side of the road making sure it was clear and crossed the double yellow line. I sped up enough to pass the truck. After doing so, I drove back into my lane. As I looked in my rearview mirror, I notice the man in the pickup truck had accelerated quickly and was so close to my vehicle, that if I would have hit my brakes he would have crashed into my vehicle. I signaled my turn onto the Street and made the turn.
    I had offered a ride to a friend earlier that morning since I was driving to school. She was waiting at the bus stop. The man in pickup truck also made the turn onto the Street and began to tailgate me. I became scared and sped up. As I approached the turn, I slowed down and signaled my right turn. I turned on to the Street. The man in the pickup truck made the turn also. I pulled over to the Curb to pick up my friend at the school bus stop, and noticed, a boy, also rides the same bus at the bus stop. The man in the pickup truck pulled in front of my vehicle at angle blocking the road. When my friend opened the door to get in, I yelled at the boy to get my car as well because I felt it wasn’t safe.
    Once all the doors were locked, I put the car into reverse and stared driving backwards down the Street. I thought if I did this, I could get my car turned around, and I could get away. That is when my passengers told me the man in the pickup had turned around and was now chasing down the street. As I got to end of Street, still driving in reverse, I tried to back into driveway. I missed and backed into a yard. The man in the pickup stopped his vehicle directly in front of mine. He got out of his truck.
    As he approaches the front of my car, he starts yelling curse word at me telling me to get the F*ck out of the car and to roll my F*CKING windows down and he came up to the passenger side first and then walked in front of the car continuing to wave his arms in the air and curse. He came around on the driver’s side and then he went back around the passenger side and the behind my vehicle. He kicked my car on the passenger side rear quarter panel and keys the paint with something in his hand. She also saw him get back in his pickup truck and take off to chase me again. By this time
    As I sat there, I began to realize I could drive between his truck and the bushes. I drove back onto the street and I was sufficiently scared! I did not know if he was still following me, but I assumed he was, so I drove down a couple of streets and turned right onto a street and then quickly into a random driveway and I pulled under the car port. I turned the engine off and we hide for several minutes. When we left, he was gone.

    • That’s one side of the story. … how can any rational person draw a conclusion of right and wrong based on a one sided account, I’m sure your child daughter left out details to save herself. ..I doubt a COMPLETELY insane man was just driving down the road when your daughter just happened by and broke the law to pass him

      • What a lot of stupid drivers don’t understand about road rage is- the one who loses their temper is the one in trouble. It doesn’t matter how slow or fast, or inconsiderate a driver is- the one who gets angry is the idiot in the end.

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